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England crash out

10 June 2013

Jason Lowe has expressed his disappointment at England’s early exit from the European Under-21 Championship.

Stuart Pearce’s side were knocked out of the tournament following a 3-1 defeat to Norway in their second group game.

Fredrik Semb Berge and Jo Inge Berget fired Norway into a 2-0 first-half lead, before Jason was withdrawn at the break as England made a tactical switch.

Magnus Eikrem added a third, before Craig Dawson pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.

England arrived in Israel on the back of a nine-match winning streak and Jason admitted that the Young Lions were bitterly disappointed that they couldn’t continue their fine form from qualifying into the finals.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow,” said the Rovers midfielder, who played the full 90 minutes in England’s 1-0 defeat to Italy on matchday one.

“We have to learn from it, analyse where we went wrong and try to get some pride back against Israel. 

“The preparation we’ve done has been fantastic. The work we have put in over the couple of years to get here, in the manner that we have done, has been fantastic. 

“But at the time that it matters we’ve not produced, and that’s the most frustrating thing.” 

England have nothing but pride to play for in their final match against hosts Israel tomorrow. 

“An England team never goes down without a fight,” Jason added. “Second half (against Norway) we had a right go at them to try and get back into the game, but it wasn’t to be. 

“It’s now a case of rolling our sleeves up and trying to finish on a high.”

Rovers team-mate Josh King was an unused substitute for Norway, having played 70 minutes for their senior side in a World Cup qualifier against Albania on Friday night.

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